UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/kəˈθɑːrtɪk/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/kəˈθɑrtɪk/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kə thärtik)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ca•thar•tic /kəˈθɑrtɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. Drugsof or relating to catharsis:After the death of his children he returned to his work and found it cathartic.
  2. Drugscausing the bowels to relax and to empty:cathartic medicine.

n. [countable]
  1. Drugsa strongly laxative medicine.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ca•thar•tic  (kə thärtik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to catharsis.
  2. DrugsAlso,  ca•tharti•cal. evacuating the bowels;

  1. a purgative.
ca•tharti•cal•ly, adv. 
ca•tharti•cal•ness, n. 
  • Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing. See catharsis, -tic
  • Late Latin catharticus
  • 1605–15
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged laxative, physic.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cathartic /kəˈθɑːtɪk/ adj
  1. purgative
  2. effecting catharsis
  1. a purgative drug or agent

caˈthartically adv
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